Social Business transformation
Dejavu? Vista days? Now its Windows 7.
So this time:
"Microsoft assembled a package of patents “relating to open source” and put them up for sale to patent trolls"...
"Open Invention Network, working with its members and the Linux Foundation, pulled off a coup, managing to acquire some of the very patents that seem to have been at the heart of recent Microsoft FUD campaigns against Linux." - See Jim Zemlin's article:
AND this training of Linux vs Windows 7 for Best Buy employees (see my previous blog entry on this)..
"Inaccurate statements include the assertion that Linux vendors offer no authorized support, and that iPod or video chat support is not available on Linux. One particularly laughable statement is that Linux is not as secure as Windows 7."
All of this, after acknowledging their worries of Linux - Canonical, Red Hat as well as Netbooks in their SEC filing...
Germany fined Microsoft $11.9M for pressing a retailer to sell Microsoft Office for a certain price: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=printArticleBasic&taxonomyName=Windows&articleId=9131265&taxonomyId=125
"Microsoft said in a statement that it doesn't agree with theBundeskartellamt's decision, but it chose to pay the fine rather thanenter a long legal dispute."[Read More]
Short and sweet top 10 list of issues with Windows 7:
To net it out...
1. Too much of a learning curve
2. Upgrade challenged from XP (forget it), from Vista (recent study had 30% of responders having issues)
5. Not value for Enterprise
6. Starter edition a non starter
7. search needs to get better
8. little online integration
Check this out...
380,000 Panasonic users will start using IBM Lotus web mail, cloud software.. Their US users are switching from Microsoft to IBM Lotus.
We love our twitter friends so, 48hrs only: special reg code: IMP9TWT for $200 discount on #IBMIMPACT 09 SOA conf http://tinyurl.com/d2muej
IMPACT details: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/websphere/events/impact2009/registration.html
a Project Liberate proof point: Directions on Microsoft analyst says customers are not renewing Microsoft Enterprise Agreements
Check this out:
A new report by Directions on Microsoft analysts Paul DeGroot and Rob Horwitz called "5 Reasons Why Microsoft Licensing Is Hard" claims that Microsoft licensing isn't likely to get any easier any time soon..."
Microsoft doesn't think there's a problem," report co-writer DeGroot said in an interview Wednesday. "The money keeps rolling in ... Microsoft looks at the numbers and the reality is that most customers don't have a choice."
And despite Microsoft's rosy view of things, he said that some enterprise customers have chosen not to renew their contracts this year because "the customer doesn't understand the value of what they bought or how they bought it," DeGroot said."
Check out http://www.ibm.com/software/info/liberate for ways to free up money.
Try this TCO Calculator to see how much money you can save: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/lotus/offer/roi-calculator.html
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After Dell and HP, here is yet another concerned Microsoft partner and PC manufacturer: http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,134962-pg,1/article.html
"Acer president Gianfranco Lanci today became the first major PC manufacturer to openly attack Microsoft over the Windows Vista operating system. He was quoted in the Financial Times Deutschland . Lanci said the operating system was riddled with problems and gave users and businesses no reason to buy a new PC, according to the report."
Business 2.0 blog provides more links on this topic: http://blogs.business2.com/smallchange/2007/07/windows-vista-c.html[Read More]
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1. Activity Streams drives Systems Integration across People and Internet of things
2. Expertise on demand re-defines how work gets done
3. Every Employee becomes a brand advocate
4. Social serious gaming dominates user engagement
5. Your customer will manage your reputation
6. Workers determine performance and incentives
Interesting blog from Kerrie Holly on SOA similarities:
As Grady Booch said while back, and like computers, if you have a bad architecture, you have a bad SOA... garbage in garbage out
Can a given industry have a reference SOA? sure...
Can we standardize business services? some, but probably not all... there will always be some competitive differentiation.
Are you attending IMPACT?
Starts with Billy Crystal... http://www-01.ibm.com/software/websphere/events/impact2009/index1.shtml?S_TACT=108AU73W&S_CMP=default
It will be all about working smarter...
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Good discussion with Ascendant, a leading IBM business partner, as they get ready for IMPACT
"We are working heavily in the health care space, both payors and providers. Additionally, we are currently engaged with several Blue Cross Blue Shields across the country to optimize their member portals and create more agile, online business processes. We have created and combined a unique set of capabilities for our customers. By combining user experience architecture, requirements engineering, and business value measurement with an SOA execution, we are helping health care payors align key business metrics to the user’s experience and then ensure end-to-end execution of the solution. The technical solution often encompasses many parts of the IBM platform, including WebSphere Portal, Process Server, Lotus Connection, DataPower, Rational Team Concert and Build Forge.
We are also helping customers across a variety of industries adopt and execute social computing strategies. We are currently working on many corporate communication and collaboration strategies and are creating “internal Facebook-like” solutions, extending online communities to partner communities. Working with a variety of large brands to improve their online shopping experience, we are stressing the importance of “social commerce” applications and strategies in the shopping experience."
Netbooks are on a roll...
AT&T announced a $50 plan with integrated wireless network cards: http://shopping.yahoo.com/articles/yshoppingarticles/221/att-to-offer-50-netbooks/
ASUS has been selling a $350 linux computer: http://shopping.yahoo.com/p:ASUS%20Eee%20PC%204G%20Laptop%20Computer:1995318985;_ylt=AphDuU.7FZUfzsL6979kKfyP98Uu
Join IBM Executives in a series of Smarter Collaboration webinars:
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Attend. Effective Team Collaboration in an On Demand Workplace: Bedfont, England, May 23rd. half day technical customer briefing. Or in Amsterdam on May 24th.
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Meet IBM technical experts at Bedfont, England on May 23rd. They will deliver a half-day technical customer briefing entitled "Effective Team Collaboration in an On Demand Workplace." Or if you are in Amsterdam on the 24th afternoon, that will work too...
This event will highlight how organizations can benefit from the capabilities of our Lotus technologies to become, and remain, a flexible, highly responsive on demand business. This road show is unique in that the content is delivered via live demonstrations and technical discussion.
The agenda is as follows:
Check out this IBM patent for a special TV remote control that allows you to automatically blog and twitter about the TV show you are going to watch:
Watched Avatar in Imax. What a treat. The whole family enjoyed every bit of it...
Interesting to see this article on "is this concept really possible": http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/02/03/avatar.technology.science/index.html?hpt=C2. Personally I dont think its gonna take centuries to realize this vision. Probably a decade. I bet :-)
Good BBC article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8127334.stm
"Head offices and individual desks are likely to disappear in favour of hot desks, collaborative spaces and decor that adapts to a worker's mood" ...
"By 2030," she said, "all these pieces of kit will be embedded throughout the environment and become completely transparent."... "A fully integrated set of technologies will follow users wherever they are," said Dr Puybaraud.
"The whole focus is on user empowerment. Walls could become screens showing diaries, documents or video conferences. Homes and cars would measure mood and tune surroundings to, for instance, soothe a worker if they were feeling stressed"
A tiny smart mobile, with a folding screen and a powerful pico-projector could be the gadget that co-ordinates the way information is passed on, speculated the Johnson control report...
Interesting article from Nancy Koehn, Harvard Business School in WSJ on how companies have weathered the storm before...
Heinz in 1875 - build trustworthy business relationships, kept employees with delayed wages, collect AR - accounts receivables.. And create and feed new markets - from horseraddish and pickles to ketchup!
Proctor & Gamble in 1930s - Market, market... "We are going to market the hell out of our products, and we're going to do it on radio," ... soap operas
IBM in 1932 - invested $1B in R&D when everyone else were cutting back..
"Everybody else in this game is slicing R&D. Watson is actuallyemploying more people, building more machines and still telling thefactory that even if he can't sell them, to keep adding to inventory" until 1935 with the social securities act the data processing market opened up..
and about leadership: "We have to be thinking -- as many are already -- about the opportunities that lie nestled within the turbulence all around"
Belgian Government adopts ODF (Open Document Format), France and Denmark are considering similar moves
According to ZDNet news,"In a blow to Microsoft, Belgium's government departments will be instructed to use an open file format for internal communications . ODF is to be the standard format for exchanging documents within the Belgian government. This proposal, which was approved by Belgium's Council of Ministers on Friday, increases the pressure from governments worldwide on Microsoft to embrace open standards."
Dominique Deckmyn, ZDNet: Belgian government chooses OpenDocument , June 23, 2006, 11:40 BST,Read More]
Web 2.0 ROI.
What are some of the KPIs?
1. Reduce cost of sale? faster sales cycle; increase yield
2. Reduce cost of lead generation? Less expensive marketing mix...
3. Reduce marketing collateral development costs and time?
4. Get answers faster
5. Reduce reinventions ... use the combo of bookmarks and search
6. Reduce errors
7. Speed up discovery process
8. improved quality of role-role interaction
9. Make faster decisions
10. transparent policy making lead to improved efficiencies
11. cost savings from shutting down low yielding projects
Aaron has an interesting session in April: http://www.web2expo.com/webexsf2009/public/schedule/detail/5771
And you got to read the IBM Enterprise Tagging Services ROI math: http://jisi.dreamblog.jp/blog/1739.html
"IBM’s ETS cost $700k to develop and deploy across theworldwide intranet as a sidebar to a number of key web properties:traditional search engine results, top content pages, and webapplications"
"The ETS team instituted a survey to ask users how thistool helped them. What they found was amazing when you look at it incontext: the average person saved 12 seconds, across the 286000+searches performed through ETS each week. This sums up to 955 hourssaved each week across the company. In terms of cost savings, itamounts to a rough estimate of $4.6 million a year, in terms ofproductivity gain. The reusability of this page widget also resulted in$2.4 million in cost avoidance (reimplementing this for each site)."
Lotus Software GM Bob Picciano has grown tired of the "hot wind" blowing out of Redmond carrying claims that Exchange is displacing Notes and is singling out CEO Steve Ballmer and COO Kevin Turner as the main culprits spreading "ridiculous and fabricated" information
Picciano says customers are expanding their investment in Lotus software and he cited as examples Accenture, BASF, Chrysler, Coca-Cola, Colgate-Palmolive, Continental AG, Finishline, General Motors, GlaxoSmithKline, Gruppo Amadori, KBC Bank, Nationwide, Novartis, Phillips Electronics and PNC Bank.
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I am sure that our US Federal Government CIO and CTO are exploring this...
How much can US Army and Department of Defense save if they move from proprietary to open solutions for email and collaboration needs. Try doing some simple math! the implications are quite profound..
Even if you take a very conservative estimate, you are looking at atleast around US$1B savings!!
You would wonder than why RFIs like this are floating around?
Upgrade from Windows XP to 7 64bit? No. Think twice.
Migrate from Windows XP to 7 64bit? Well that is the right thinking, but lots of issues...
- Sure, you have to reinstall all applications, save data externally and then copy back after installing the OS
- Watch out for missing device drivers
- Watch out for application incompatibility
- Not just that it is not available/wont work in Windows 7 but it doesnt support 64bit hardware
Recent articles include http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Windows/Windows-7s-64bit-Troubles-568358/